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Coffee Guide

 

Espresso - a one fluid ounce drink (double espresso is 2 fluid ounces) made by forcing hot water under pressure through finely ground coffee beans.  This produces a smooth full-bodied coffee, topped with a hazelnut coloured ‘crema’.  The crema comprises of thousands of microscopic oil bubbles giving a thick, foamy cream which can remain on the coffee for some minutes.  Can be consumed as a straight shot or as the basis of many other espresso based drinks.


Cappuccino - made with a double espresso topped with hot steamed milk and foamed milk.  The end result is a dense, clean white foam top that domes slightly out of the cup and is stained by the crema around its edges.  The moist creamy foam accounts for about a third of the cup, with the espresso mixed with the more liquid milk underneath.  This is topped with a sprinkle of real Belgian chocolate shavings.

 

Caffé latte - made with a single espresso combined with steamed milk and topped with a small cap of milk foam. It has less     foam than a cappuccino.  The word latté is Italian for milk.

 

Mocha - made as a caffé latte (above) but with chocolate sauce added to the espresso before the milk is poured in.  This is finished off with a sprinkle of chocolate shavings.


Americano - a double espresso is added to a cup, three-quarters full with hot water.  This gives a 'long black' coffee with a crema on the top.  Some people prefer to add milk.